Plum (Ume), from the series A Collection of Flowers for Eastern Genji (Hana tsukushi Azuma Genji no uchi)

「花尽東源氏之内 梅」

Japanese
Edo period
1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniteru II (Kunitsuna II) (Japanese, 1830–1874), Publisher Daikokuya Heikichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Horikô Senkichi (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G439 (no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.8 x 76.5 cm (14 1/2 x 30 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.16227a-c

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniteru ga, in toshidama cartouche (on right sheet), Kuniteru ga, in toshidama cartouche (on center and left sheets)
一雄斎国輝 画輝画

Markings

Censor's seal: Ox 9 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Senkichi
改印:丑九改
彫師:彫工仙吉

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection